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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Virginia Beach to Nashville

By Jul 10th 2010 No Comments »

We left Friday morning early and hit the road for a long 12 hour drive to Nashville. Along the way we were able to check out the Natural Bridge, found in Rockbridge County, VA.  The Natural Bridge is among the 7 natural wonders of the world and is a geological formation in which Cedar Creek has carved out a gorge in the limestone terrain, forming an arch 215 ft high, spanning 90 feet.

Some believe George Washington came to the site in 1750 as a young surveyor.  To support claims that Washington surveyed the area, some tour guides claim the initials “G.W.” on the wall of the bridge, 23 ft. up, were carved by the future president. Legend also has it that George Washington threw a rock from the bottom of Cedar Creek over the bridge. In 1927, a large stone was found, also engraved “G.W.” and bearing a surveyor’s cross, which historians accepted as proof that he indeed surveyed the bridge.  (Wikipedia). Further, Thomas Jefferson purchased over 150 acres of land including the natural bridge, and was said to have described the area as “the most Sublime of nature’s works.”

After checking out the bridge, we headed south on 81 with a quick detour onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway (and NPS property) and is one of the All-American Roads found in the U.S. It is the most traveled National Park in the U.S., with more than 17 million visitors each year.  The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles, from Great Smoky Mountain National Park to Shenandoah National Park.  The parkway went under way in 1935 and took over 50 years to complete.

The parkway offers sweeping views of valleys and mountains and is exceptionally beautiful. Plan on adding an extra hour or two to your trip to embrak on a portion of the drive (or all of it); it is certainly worth every minute.

We continued onto our destination and arrived in Nashville at 9:30 last night.  Today we will be wondering the city, taking in some of the local culture.  Our next stops will be Mammoth Cave & the Great Smokies.

Happy Trails for now. Updates again soon.

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